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Classes Begin at New Elk City Elementary School


Classes will be held today in the new Elk City elementary school after district personnel spent last week moving into the brand new facility says Superintendent Rick Garrison.

Garrison says a ribbon cutting is planned at the school this morning at 10:30. An open house will be held January 30th.


Hospitalizations for Flu Continue to Rise


Another 288 hospitalizations were reported across the state over the past week as a result of influenza, bringing the total number of hospitalizations across the state to more than 1400 since September 1st. Locally, Caddo County has had 8 hospitalizations, 7 in Beckham County, 3 each in Custer and Washita Counties, and one each in Dewey and Roger Mills counties. There have been 45 deaths in the state due to the flu since September 1st.


Devon Energy Awards Grants to Four West Elementary Teachers



Devon Energy has awarded a grant to four West Elementary teachers in the Weatherford School District says Superintendent Chad Wilson.

Wilson says Devon has presented a check of $15,000 for the purchase of equipment for the STEM lab at West Elementary.


Karlin Reminds Residents About Importance of Smoke Detectors

Several fire fatalities have occurred around the state this month, leading Weatherford Fire Chief Mike Karlin to issue a reminder of the importance of having a working smoke detector.

Karlin says the Weatherford Fire Department can assist if you need a smoke detector or need help changing batteries.


City of Clinton to Seek Bids on Slide Repair and Replacement

Clinton City Council this week gave authorization to City Manager Mark Skiles to seek bids on the construction of a tower and refurbishment of the slide at the swimming pool.

The city will also look into the cost of a new slide.


Plans Filed For Wendy's in Weatherford


Plans have been filed with the City of Weatherford for review for a Wendy's restaurant. The establishment will locate on East Main Street between Walgreens and O'Reilly Auto Parts. Plans show the restaurant to be just over 2600 square feet with the dining room to be able to occupy 55 customers.


Weatherford Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charge


A Weatherford man has pleaded guilty in Custer County District Court to a charge of embezzlement. 42-year-old Neil Ray McLemore was ordered to serve 6 years of a 15 year prison term. McLemore allegedly took several thousand dollars from the Arapaho-Butler Class of 2016 account while in the capacity as a class parent. Authorities say McLemore used the funds to make personal purchases and pay bills. McLemore was ordered to pay just over $23,000 restitution. A co-defendant, 40-year-old Jamie Dee McLemore of Clinton, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing February 22nd.


Clinton Man Sentenced For Role in Robbery


A Clinton man has been sentenced to 10 years prison after pleading guilty late last year to a charge of Accessory to a Felony. 38-year-old Brandon James Lamborn was sentenced late last week in Custer County District Court to being an accessory to the robbery of an employee of the Econolodge in Clinton. 48-year-old Laura Lynn Wiscombe previously pleaded guilty to the robbery and is serving a 10 year prison sentence. Some $385 in money and various phones were taken during the incident. 



City of Clinton to Add Economic Development Director

Clinton City Council last night decided to create the position and seek the hire of an Economic Development Director. Mayor David Berrong says it's a key position that would benefit the City of Clinton. Councilman don rodolph supports the idea.

The council also approved a selection committee to develop the process and to help choose the city's Economic Development Director.


Hardy Pleads Guilty to Murder Charges in I-40 Shooting Spree

A Texas man who was scheduled to stand trial beginning Tuesday in Custer County District Court has entered into a plea agreement and has pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including two counts of first degree murder, malice aforethought, in connection with a December 2015 shooting spree over multiple counties on Interstate 40. Jeremy Doss Hardy was sentenced to six life terms, two without the possibility of parole and four with the possibility of parole. Hardy was also given prison terms of 10 years, 2 years and 2 one-year jail terms in the Custer County Jail, all to be served consecutive to one another. District Attorney Angela Marsee says the defense counsel approached prosecutors yesterday over a possible plea agreement.

Hardy shot several vehicles during the shooting spree and also shot and killed motorists Jeffery Kent Powell of Arapaho and Billie Jean West of Lone Wolf. As part of the plea, Hardy waives all appeals, commutations and pardons, and will not profit from his actions.